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Alberta Clipper Brought Snow To Mid-Atlantic, Ohio Valley

UPDATED 9 AM EST, December 6, 2007

By WeatherBug Meteorologists

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A quick snow storm moved across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic Wednesday, bringing the season`s first snows and causing travel headaches.

The culprit for this quick-moving burst of snow was an Alberta Clipper that made its way across the Mid-Atlantic Wednesday. While the system moved through quickly, it certainly left behind a mess.

Total accumulations generally ranged from 2 to 4 inches across the northern and western suburbs of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, with Frederick, Md., leading the way at five inches. Higher elevations of Maryland and West Virginia received between 3 and 5 inches of snow, with similar snow totals along the Ohio River in southeastern Ohio.

Roads have become slippery across the Baltimore and Washington areas, especially since most of them have not been treated at all this season. Numerous fender-benders were reported around the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas on Wednesday.

Even though the snow has ended, cold temperatures overnight caused the slushy snow on roads to solidify, causing slippery and dangerous black ice to form in time for this morning rush hour. Schools have been closed or delayed and commuters have been warned to allow extra travel time when heading out.

Late Tuesday and through early Wednesday, this same Alberta clipper rolled through the Upper Midwest and western Great Lakes. Between 4 to 7 inches were reported across southern Wisconsin and the northern stretches Illinois and Indiana. In the Chicagoland, 4 to 6 inches of the white stuff was reported and Milwaukee received 6 inches.

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